Sep 23, 2012 10:00am EDT
when he signed on to the be the bass player. his first gig was upstairs here at what was then a los angeles club what did that feel like at the time? >> it was incredible. i think with the band i was... when i joined the band i felt like i found my identity. >> reporter: in those early days money was tight. kanal recently found these old ledgers in which the band kept track expenses >> to actually buy this ledger was $4 >> reporter: you kept a record of that? >> yeah reporter: you're paying for the rehearsal space here >> exactly. so tony put in $5, tom put in $5 and i put in $4 >> reporter: they all worked odd jobs to pay for that rehearsal time. stefani was a salesgirl in a clothing store for older women. >> and i had a whole wall of polly he is ter pants in every color. pulp ons. i could make pretty cute outfits for them. they were so grateful. i loved that >> think about how that was like the training ground. think about how much experience you got from the polly he is ter pants and then the make-up counter. you know what i mean? it all contributed to who you are now >> it did.